You thought this was just a diet. Oh…throw in some weights.
But what if "Paleo" is really a way of life writ modern; ’cause, face it folks, nobody’s going back. We’re stuck with agriculture’s follies. But neither are we dumb, nor lost. We’re hunters, right? So hunt. Hunt for Continuous Improvement in your life. Mistakes can cover decades but it’s never to late to improve your standing, from where you stand.
No, it’s not a search for primitivity or hardship or anything like that. I suppose the greens, tree huggers, and veggies of all sorts deserve some credit for being onto something; and since I’m giving them some credit, I suppose I oughtn’t be disingenuous about it. They groked that something was wrong. Terribly wrong. But apart from being woefully wrong in so many ways, they nonetheless established a certain style. I don’t really know what to call it — paleo wise — ’cause it’s not austerity, nor ought it be. That’s what so many of the former practice, especially nutritionally, but that’s only because they haven’t zeroed in correctly on what really bugs the fucking shit out of them.
Listen: as much shit as I deal them, much is simply style. …Because, it’s kinda funny to me that so many can be so right in spirit, so lost in application.
…It would be cool if everyone in the world tooled around in private jets. Ridiculous. But here’s what I think: if one can, why not everyone? Instead of butchering the best to make cannibal stew for the least, how about some context? You think the difference between the private jet setter and the back braker in the barrio is privilege? Shallow. Rags to riches to rags in…what is it…two, or is it three generations? Whatever it is, privilege is just another way of expressing luck. …Lottery millions…
It’s about living within the reasonable, conservative bounds of your own means and continuously improving, expanding your means. Or, the main reason I don’t galavant in a private jet is less about not having the financial means to do so than it’s not in the contextual scale of my life — yet. That’s why lottery winners constantly blow their millions. They followed the money, rather than the other way around
It’s not just about money. Most think it is but it really isn’t. It’s about improving your life so that what was before unthinkable becomes plausible, then possible — and then finally, real. Money helps, but most misuse it when it din’t follow personal improvement. While I do well financially, for example, I also understand that both a lot less or a lot more money fast would potentially destroy me.
Too obtuse? Don’t make money your goal. Make being really good your goal. If you find that you’re the best but nobody gives a shit then, well, you’re not going to get rich. but at least you know how to get good. Move forward. Scrap "the best buggy whips in the world" and move on. Improvement is by its very nature, dynamic. If you’re "into" improvement, you’re no longer into it if you stop. So, thinking "continuous" helps so you don’t forget.
Wrapping up in a more specific paleo context, this is what is so thriling generally about this community. We all come frm so many different places but is not the overriding theme in all of this nothing more fundamental than the endless search for continuous improvement?
Never, ever ending.